Classic snowmobiles on display at annual Rogers City show

by Angie Asam–Staff Writer

The 9th Annual Antique and Vintage Snowmobile Show is scheduled for this Friday and Saturday in Rogers City. The show will also feature a vintage ride and swap meet as well. This year’s show will feature the Ski Kat Sled.

This is the first year the show is having a featured sled and they would like to see as many Ski Kats as possible. Ski Kats were made in Rogers City in the late 1960s and early 1970s by Sport King Industries founded by Larry Hiedrich. Hiedrich passed away last spring but his son will be at the show to discuss the Ski Kat.

Events kick off Friday at noon with the vintage ride at the 208 club, three miles west of Rogers City on M-68. The ride will also feature a weenie roast, bon fire and 50/50 drawing. Those wishing to be a part of the ride should meet at the Water’s Edge Restaurant at noon.

The bar at the Water’s Edge will open at 5:30 p.m. Friday night and live entertainment by Bobbing for Piranhas will begin at 9:30 p.m.

New this year on Friday will be a surprise indoor racing competition for the kids at 6:30 p.m., what they will race remains a surprise. On Friday evening is a black light party will begin at 9:30 p.m. and is another addition to the show this year.

Saturday morning brings the real show as snowmobiles will line the parking lot of the Water’s Edge. The antique and vintage snowmobile show and swap will run from 9 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. with free registration except for a $10 charge for the swap meet.

“We also have eight sleds that are going to be auctioned off. The proceeds of that auction will go to the Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum in Naubinway,” said organizer Dan Derry.

The bar will open at noon on Saturday. A whitefish and chicken dinner will be served at 5 p.m. prior to the awards banquet and trophy presentation. Chinese raffle winners will also be announced after dinner before the live auction begins around 5:30 p.m.

All events are open to the public with no cover charge. Last year’s show featured 146 sleds of all makes and models and drew many people out and about.

“We are hoping for a good turnout again and we have added some new events to get more people involved,” said Derry, who would also like to stress that the event is open to the public.